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Star Wars Episodes IV-VI
Transcript of Star Wars Episodes IV-VI
The process in which one cultural group absorbs the beliefs and practices of a dominant culture.
Star Wars implies that assimilation only benefits the the principal culture. It does not benefit the minority group.
Comparable to Canadian residential schools.
Lucas, George, director. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Twentieth Century Fox, 1977.
Kershner, Irvin, director. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. Twentieth Century Fox, 1980.
Marquand, Richard, director. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Twentieth Century Fox, 1983.
Darth Vader uses the words, "Join me..." repeatedly when convincing Luke to convert to the dark side.
The Emperor wants assimilation of the rebellion and to "Restore peace and order to the galaxy."
Subaltern: People with less power or low status.
Darth Vader an example of full assimilation. He is completely submerged into dark side of the force.
Similarly, the Canadian government hoped to integrate indigenous people into white society.
This shows how The Empire considers itself to be the binary paradigm of the galaxy.
Resembles the Canadian Indian Act.
Can the subaltern speak?
may the force be with you
- Gayatri Spivak
Characters who are subalterns or minority are more likely to be assimilated by the dominant culture.
Both sides of force had minorities:
Both side willingly follow orders that are not necessarily in their best interest.